About the team

Anna works closely with a number of eye professionals. It is very likely that when you attend Miss Maino’s clinic you will be also see Mrs Tracy Sanderson, MPhil DBO CASE. Tracy is an Advanced Orthoptist – a specialist in the measurement and management of eye deviations (strabismus) and double vision. On this page you will find their biographies.

Anna Maino’s biography

After obtaining a first class honours degree in 1998 in Italy, she then worked as Glaucoma Research Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London (1999-2000). She completed her specialist ophthalmic training at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (2001-2008). In 2008, she undertook an internationally renowned fellowship in Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She started working as a Consultant at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport in September 2009 where she was appointed to develop and lead a specialist Strabismus and Paediatric service. She moved to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2016 and she continues to lead the Strabismus and Paediatric Eye service in Stockport.

Research and education roles

Miss Maino has an interest in medical education and research, actively participating to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes as organiser, lecturer and trainer. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and she regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. She was Trust Speciality Training Lead for Ophthalmology, mentoring eye doctors in training, between 2013 and 2020. She is the Lead for New Consultants within the Education Committee, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and she redesigned the New Consultants course with great success. She is a member of the International Committee, Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

She contributes in setting standards for paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus exams with the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), and the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO). In 2021, she was elected to the EBO Subspecialty Exam in Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology Board. This exam provides a formal recognition of expertise in Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology across Europe.
In 2021 she was also elected Vice President of the Residency Exchange Committee, European Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the Executive Committee and the Education Committee, European Board of Ophthalmology.

Some examples of published articles:

Corneal punctate epitheliopathy secondary to trichiasis following eyelash transplantation.

A newborn with unilateral limb enlargement.

The management of patients with thyroid eye disease after bilateral orbital 3 wall decompression

Tracy Sanderson’s biography

Tracy achieved her Diploma in British Orthoptics from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital School of

Orthoptics in 1992 (DBO). She was also proud to receive the Joyce Mein award for outstanding Student of the Year. She then qualified as an Orthoptic teacher in 1995 achieving a Certificate of Advanced Study of Education from the University of Liverpool (CASE), and then proceeded to attain her Masters degree in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science from UMIST in 1998 (MPhil). Tracy is a member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society and is registered with the HCPC (HCPC REG: OR01788).Tracy has contributed to research throughout her career and has published several articles in the British and Irish orthoptic Journal and Public Health journals. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally at Professional Conferences.

Tracy’s clinical work initially began in the North East, and then she returned to her home of Manchester, working in both community and acute settings with Manchester Royal Hospital and Mancunian Community NHS Trust for the next 10 years. The next 4 years were spent in Tameside and Glossop followed by 2 years in Australia, where she was granted qualification by the Australian Orthoptic Board and continued in orthoptic practice.

On returning to the UK Tracy took up a position for Stockport NHS trust and has expanded her work into the private sector, with weekly clinics at The Alexandra and Optegra private hospitals. She also works within the medico legal sector giving her orthoptic opinion when required.

Tracy has extensive experience of working within all areas of orthoptics, both in an acute and community setting and has strong links with the local community and fellow health professionals. She has comprehensive experience in both paediatric and adult strabismus and has continually been involved in the teaching of clinical skills to undergraduate students.

Tracy is a mother of 3 children and enjoys riding her horses in her free time.

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